Spring­time Hair — Aloe Vera Seal­ing!

 

Yes­ter­day was March 20th, the offi­cial 1st day of Spring. Birds are chirp­ing, tem­per­a­tures are ris­ing, and the sun is shin­ing lat­er into the day. You know what that means right? Time to Spring Clean up your hair­care rou­tine or reg­i­men. Here are some key areas that you may need to tweak to tran­si­tion your hair into the warmer months:

1. Pre-Poo­ing

Dur­ing the Win­ter months, you may find your­self doing marathon pre-poo ses­sions (overnight, 2 or 3 days) to max­i­mize pen­e­tra­tion and mois­ture reten­tion when cold weath­er and wind are at their harsh­est. When the tem­per­a­tures start warm­ing up, some changes in your pre-poo­ing process may be nec­es­sary. You can short­en your pre-poo time to per­haps an hour or two before cleans­ing, because you won’t need as much mois­ture absorp­tion. You may also “thin out” your pre-poo solu­tion by switch­ing from oil to a water-based con­di­tion­er, or oil/conditioner mix.

2. Cleans­ing

With Spring and Sum­mer come hot­ter tem­per­a­tures, and less cloth­ing. You’ll prob­a­bly find your­self sweat­ing more in the sun, at the gym (#getitrigh­tandtight hello!)…and on your scalp. Knock out sweat, sebum, and dirt buildup by cleans­ing your hair more fre­quent­ly. To avoid hav­ing to stock up on more pro­duct, a mid-week rin­se with water, dilut­ed con­di­tion­er, or even an apple cider vine­gar rin­se is suf­fi­cient to gen­tly remove scalp buildup. Just be sure to use your fin­ger­tips (check for jagged nails!) to mas­sage the scalp and clar­i­fy.

3. Deep Con­di­tion­ing

In the same vein as pre-poo­ing, you may find that marathon deep con­di­tion­ing ses­sions aren’t as vital to your rou­tine in the warmer months. If you deep con­di­tion overnight or for hours on end, your hair can still reap the ben­e­fits of a DC with­in a trimmed time of 20–30 min­utes. In fact, most deep con­di­tion­ers are for­mu­lat­ed to per­form at max­i­mum capac­i­ty with­in this time frame. Also, if you deep con­di­tion week­ly, you may find that you can ease up to every two weeks, or even month­ly.

4. Styling & Leave-In 

Dur­ing Fall and Win­ter, but­ters and heavy oils like cas­tor are the name of the game to help seal in mois­ture. Spring and Sum­mer are the per­fect time of the year to exper­i­ment with lighter prod­ucts and “out” styling. Feel free to let your hair down in the absence of heavy coats, sweaters, and scarves that can eas­i­ly snatch and tan­gle your tress­es. When choos­ing leave-in and styling aids, water based mois­tur­iz­ers are great to cre­ate light, fluffy styles. If you are still par­tial to your creams and but­ters, feel free to mix in water or aloe vera juice to cre­ate a light, but still mois­tur­iz­ing leave-in or seal­ing pro­duct. Since there tends to be more humid­i­ty in the air, prod­ucts with glyc­er­in or oth­er humec­tants are great dur­ing this time of year as a leave-in. Min­i­mize frizz by incor­po­rat­ing a jel­ly or gel into your twist or braid-outs and wash n’ go’s.

Final Thoughts

Per­son­al­ly, I do not rec­om­mend heat styling dur­ing the warmer months. Because of the high­er tem­per­a­tures and increased humid­i­ty, it becomes more dif­fi­cult to achieve straighter styles and hair is more like­ly to frizz/poof. In turn, you may up the tem­per­a­ture gauge or find your­self mak­ing more pass­es with the flat iron to achieve straighter hair. You may also turn to more fre­quent heat use (re-straight­en­ing every cou­ple of days) to main­tain a look — all which can lead to heat dam­age.

Remem­ber to stay hydrat­ed. Fresh squeezed lemon­ades, cock­tails, beers, and iced teas are yum­my to con­sume when the mer­cury begins to rise, but can be pret­ty dehy­drat­ing. Healthy, hydrat­ed hair starts from the inside out, so try to increase the amount of water you drink as opposed to oth­er bev­er­ages. Or, have one cup of water for every “oth­er” type of bev­er­age you con­sume. If you need fla­vor, add a few slices of lemon, oranges, or cucum­ber, or a sprig of mint.

Last­ly, Spring and Sum­mer are all about beach and swim­ming pool fun. Part of the awe­some­ness of hav­ing nat­u­ral or tran­si­tion­ing hair is the fact that we can swim and have fun in the water with­out wor­ry­ing about our hair (too much). If you’re going to be on your aquat­ic swag tough this Spring or Sum­mer, be sure to invest in a chelat­ing sham­poo and/or con­di­tion­er. There are plen­ty of swimmer’s sham­poos out there, like Ion, Ultra­swim, or L’anza. Or, you can just look for prod­ucts with a chelat­ing ingre­di­ent like EDTA, that spe­cial­izes in bind­ing to and remov­ing chlo­rine from the hair. Also, be sure to sat­u­rate your hair with water at least 15 min­utes before jump­ing in the pool. This will help dimin­ish the uptake of chlo­ri­nat­ed water into your hair.

Spring for­ward, sun­shi­nes!

Ladies, are you plan­ning to make any styling adjust­ments as sum­mer approach­es?

For more from Christi­na check out her blog, The Mane Objec­tive. You can also find her on Insta­gram and Face­book.

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and pro­duct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­u­ral hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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15 Comments on "4 Hair Regimen Changes for Spring and Summer"

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Michelle@Radiant Brown Beauty

My hair care reg­i­men is almost iden­ti­cal year round for the excep­tion of ONE thing. I seal with an oil and a but­ter in the win­ter. In the sum­mer I drop the but­ter. Every­thing else is the same: Pre-poo over night (lazy), cleans­ing, deep con­di­tion­ing etc.

curlytea

I don’t think I ever deep con­di­tion for more than an hour or so regard­less of whether its sum­mer or win­ter. But I’m a huge fan of leave in con­di­tion­ers in both sum­mer and win­ter. Leave ins help con­di­tion, soft­en and mois­tur­ize hair through­out the day, espe­cial­ly if you make them your­self and you add Shea but­ter.

Some peo­ple think shea is too heavy in the sum­mer. I use it all year round. But you can also use cocoa but­ter to seal with instead.

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Carla

Great arti­cle. This will def­i­nite­ly come in handy for me as the weath­er gets warmer and I tran­si­tion my rou­tine to fit the warm weath­er :)

Ellie

I’m in Boston right now. First day of spring and what do we get? More Snow.
I think I’m gonna save this arti­cle for lat­er.…

mangomadness

For spring and sum­mer, I will:
-do hon­ey rins­es
-mois­tur­ize with a light leave-in con­di­tion­er & seal with Lily of the Desert Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Gel
-wear bright col­ored head wraps when air-dry­ing
-wear puffs, buns & updos
-wear two-strand twist pin ups with a light leave in & coconut oil for swim­ming

cb

how do you do a hon­ey rin­se?

mangomadness

For a hon­ey rin­se, I mix 1 table­spoon of hon­ey in 16 oz of water in a re-pur­posed plas­tic bot­tle. After sham­poo­ing, I do the hon­ey rin­se. I leave it in and pro­ceed to styling. I do hon­ey rins­es for mois­ture and sheen.

Tati

This arti­cle came just in time! Last night I took down my havana twists, which are my win­ter pro­tec­tive style, and brought back my afro cause the weather’s get­ting warmer. Pro­tec­tive styling over the win­ter months was so worth it. My hair is so much thick­er, 4.5 inch­es longer, health­ier, stronger, and soft­er than it’s ever been. I know I’m not sup­posed to touch it but I can’t stop haha. Now that it’s warmer I can ease up on mois­tur­iz­ing it all the time.

Kayla

Con­grats! I hope you retain that new found length this sum­mer.

Kayla

Christi­na, can you please do an arti­cle about how you get your hair to be so shiny and frizz free?

AllyCat

“Birds are chirp­ing, tem­per­a­tures are ris­ing” Where you live, Ari­zona? Cuz, its below freez­ing where I live. If I get up one more “Spring” day and have to scrape ice, I’m gonna frig­ging loose it.

D.P. (to AllyCat)

Same! I’m from Michi­gan and it was about 30 degrees here haha. Spring is sleep­ing in here in the mit­ten thats for sure. Great tips though! I can’t wait to not have to use to many prod­ucts. I also can’t wait to hit up the beach­es man oh man

cb

where do you live? Chicago…god

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